Thursday, May 17, 2007

"I Have No Mommies"

Wonder when the t-shirt with that title on it will come out. Don't think it's some time in the future. The future is here:

A baby conceived from an egg donated by one woman and implanted in another may have no mother at all under Maryland law, the state's highest court ruled yesterday.

Issued more than four years after the matter was brought to the Court of Appeals, the 4-3 opinion creates blank spaces under "mother" in the birth certificates of twins born in 2001 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

The man who arranged for the children to be born from his sperm and donated eggs, and the woman with whom he arranged to carry them, brought the case. The two wanted it made clear that she had no legal claims or responsibility for the children.

More details:

But in the Maryland case settled yesterday, lawyer Dorrance D. Dickens represented the man who wanted to be a biological father. Absent a female partner, he arranged to create a child of his own with donated eggs from one woman and gestation provided by another.

Holy Cross Hospital placed the surrogate on the birth certificate as the mother.

When the man and the surrogate sought a court order to remove her from the birth certificate - a process that Dickens said typically goes smoothly - the judge balked, saying even though other judges sign off, he didn't see any authority in the law to do that. The man, identified in court records as Roberto d.B. appealed.

The egg donor was not involved in the case.

Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore.

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